Do you guys ever look at pictures on Pinterest and Instagram and think, Oooh! I just love that “whatever it might be” but I could never afford for my house to look like that? I am constantly doing that! I have really been into the industrial look lately, but if you’ve checked the prices out at Restoration Hardware or Dot & Bo, you could possibly die from sticker shock! (By the way, these two stores are my favorite, just waaayyy out of my price range.) So, I decided to do a little shopping around my house to see what I could come up with for our living room. I had a couple of metal cabinets in my basement that I thought might work. After all, if I want a “Pinterest” worthy TV cabinet, I’ll just have to find a way to DIY it! So I did.
Our living room wasn’t terrible to begin with. It just really wasn’t something I loved.
The metal cabinets had been in my basement for years. I had one grey and one black cabinet. Because I needed two bases for the bottom part, I had to mix and match cabinets.
I didn’t really want to paint them, so I used a Citristrip on them. Let me just say this stuff is super easy to use and it works really well! No, I’m not being paid to say that!
Not only did the stripper take off the black paint, but it took off the grey as well. At first I was kind of bummed, but then I decided to just strip the whole thing. I love the aged look it had after.
A tiny bit of the black paint is visible in just the right spots. I also added some white craft paint here and there to give it that aged metal look. Check out my entryway bench to see more faux aged metal.
After the TV cabinet was done, I needed frames to make the picture wall around the TV. I found a bunch at Salvation Army for super cheap.
This frame was cool, but not the right color. A bit of spray paint in grey and some white paint for the groves fixed it right up.
The black frames were stripped just enough to show the wood underneath.
These frames were the cheapest and ended up being my favorite.
I traced around the frames with newspaper so I could figure out where I wanted everything before adding nails. (P.S. It’s birthday Month at our house.)
The brown wooden frames were touched up with a little stain. The mats inside were a redish color, I just spray painted them white.
The metal letters and numbers were a gift from my mother-in-law, and the wooden star was a gift from my mom. (My family rocks!)
All of the pictures were found by searching for “free printables” on Pinterest.
I now have a “Pinterest worthy” TV cabinet and picture wall to match!
It’s crazy to think all of this was in my house for years just waiting to be discovered. My only expense was about $10 for the frames and $8 for the stripper.
If you’re not happy with your living room, maybe do a little shopping around your own house. Who knows what you might be able to re-purpose.
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